Moda BlockHeads 2017, block #15 ‘T’ block

Question this week:  is there a quilter whose work always inspires you?  Mostly I look to antique quilts for inspiration, settings, fabrics colors used together, scale of prints, then I go to my fabric shelves and begin pulling fabrics, the pull will get resorted and new additions added along the journey.  You see, I’m old fashioned, I make a bunch of blocks first, then I search my fabric collection for setting fabrics and border fabric options.  I seem work on the fly.  I cannot design on a computer, and I’m seriously OK with that, I like to look at a quilt in-progress on the design wall, it talks to me and tells me what she should be.  Yes she is a girl.  LOL’s


This is my week, besides the directions on the PDF file that you will find at the bottom of this long post, I’m presenting a step by step of how I made my block, and I used 3 fabrics instead of 2 fabrics.

my ‘T’ block this week

Since I’ve taught quilting for years and years, and now I’m off the teaching road, I felt I should share some tips.  Hopefully some of the tips will make sense to you for future projects.

My disclaimer is – you are more than welcome to make the block ‘your way’.  We are all wired differently and will work differently.

I varied from the given directions, so follow along with me . . I recommend you read through it all, before beginning to cut or sew.

Pattern:  Step 1 – cut the A and B squares at 2 7/8″, be sure the resulting sewn 4 HST (half square triangles) measure 2 1/2″ square.    Jo TIP: you can always cut the squares 3″ instead of the 2 7/8″, then square them down to 2 1/2″, press these diagonal seams toward the light/background fabric.  Yes, you read that correctly.

press toward the light fabric, square to 2 1/2″

Step 4 – I’m jumping ahead, I didn’t cut the remaining pieces as written, here begins my variation:

center square – cut (1) – 1 7/8″ square from the light fabric

center square – cut (1) – 1 7/8″ square from each of the 2 chosen indigos, cut these 2 squares in half on the diagonal

Sew one indigo triangle set to opposite sides of the light square, press toward the corners.  Sew the remaining two triangles to the opposite sides, press seams toward the corners, square this to measure 2 1/2″.

sew triangles to opposite sides of the light square – sweet!

At this point you have 5 of the 9 units needed for the block! Easy, isn’t it.

Now you have the center and the 4 corners all squared up to 2 1/2″, lay these aside, next we will make the 8 Flying Geese units, using the no-waste method. I’ve used this method since 1998, when a friend in Topeka showed me, thank you Jane Buckley!  This method was also published in Quilter’s Newsletter back in the day.  Please remember I began quiltmaking in 1980, do NOT say dinosaur please!

To make the 8 Flying Geese needed:

Cut: (2) – 3 1/4″ squares from the light/background fabric

Cut: (4) – 1 7/8″ squares from each of the (2) indigo prints.

Cut these (8) indigo squares in half on the diagonal.

Take 4 triangles from each of the 2 indigo prints, lay the triangles on the larger background squares as shown below:

Note that the triangles prints alternate, be sure that the (2) blocks have a different alternate set, note the lighter blue and the darker blue are in different positions atop the light squares, this is very important.

You may want to press these loose triangles in place, then sew.

note the alternating of the loose indigo triangles on the two background squares

Next: sew on both sides of the diagonal with a scant 1/4″ seam allowance.  Scant means a thread or two less than a full 1/4″ seam allowance, this allows for the take up of fabric when pressed to one side and shrinking the unit.  Trust me, remember! Your blocks should look like this:

sew with a scant 1/4″ seam allowance, notice the straight seams

cut apart on the diagonal

press seams toward the small triangles

align the remaining triangles atop the square hearts (that is what they look like to me), as shown, note the fabrics are alternated, again.

the triangles are pulled back so you can see the difference, pencil is holding them in place

sew on both sides of the diagonal, note the nice straight seams, that really does make a difference.

Cut apart on the diagonal, press the small triangles toward the indigo corners.  See your Flying Geese units with little ears sticking out!

square these units to measure:       1 1/2″ x 2 1/2″, or use your Bloc_Loc 1″x2″ ruler that we love, to square up the units.

Bloc Loc 1″ x 2″ finished size ruler, love these to accurately square up FG. they have a nice assortment of these rulers that seem to go with Jo small blocks. Thank You Paul and Janna!

We are getting closer!

Next, pair up identical FG units and sew to make the side units:

sew, again note the straight seams.

Press seams with the ‘nose’ or point.

press seams with the nose, square these units to measure: 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″

arrange the FG units along the sides of the block, note the fabric prints will match up with the corners, making the T units.

sew to make rows, press row 1 and row 3 seams toward the corners.  Note how nice the seams ‘nest’ together since the outer HST units were pressed toward the light fabric.  Press the seams open on the center row. 

Whew, took a long time to get here, but pressing is important to the finished block.

Pin the rows together, matching seam intersections, sew.

Here is the pressing:

continue to press seams toward the corners, press the center seams open. The block lays really nice and flat.

My finished block this week:

I love it!


I want to share some other T blocks I made recently, they are now sewn into a top, so you will see other fabrics around the edges.  The top needs to be sent off for beautiful MQ soon.

different background fabric used, from ‘Reflections’.

different indigos from my ‘Timeless’ line that ships in August, background is from ‘Reflections’.

love this medium blue print and the background in ‘Timeless’, maybe a fav?

different pairing of indigoes from ‘Timeless’, background is from ‘Reflections’.

If you place a square in the center, you get this version of a ‘T’ block, different look, still cool.  Fabrics from ‘Timeless’

This is it – I hope you enjoy making this T block, and consider making a larger quilt of this block someday.  This BOW has many options besides making a sampler quilt.

I wish to close with the saying, at the side in this picture, can’t figure out how to rotate it.

“Let’s Go Sew” !!!

Happy Sewing!  Jo


Block 15 – T Block – Jo Morton


Please check my friends Blogs for their versions and tips.

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